We've all experienced someone driving slow in the left lane. "Why won't they just move over?!" you think to yourself. Turns out some states are changing laws to address this common nuisance. Next, we give our first impressions on the Buick Regal TourX, and why car enthusiasts seem to love station wagons. We end this week on audience questions about the Lexus ES, and how CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles.
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00:26 Left lane hogs
03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars
07:36 Buick Regal TourX
09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons
13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles
17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance
21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES
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They sounds so stupid when they are talking about electric cars. If you have 250 miles of range how are you concerned about not having enough electricity day to day? They he claim oh I will never remember to plug it up.....yes you will. They sound completely brainless. Also I bet most of them have a second car.....use it for the long trips or a super charger. It will not take hours and hours as he said to charge it up.
Hey CR, when you purchase a car, you pay an amount of sales tax based on the selling price of the car. This can amount to thousands of dollars that you never get back, even if you end up selling the car a few years later. In most states, California included, you pay sales tax only on the cost of the lease. These tax savings more than make up for the acquisition fee required on a lease. What are your thoughts? Still think you will save money in the long run to purchase or lease?
We all know the dangers and frustrations of left lane drivers. It all comes down to people that are selfish. The same people that drive in the left lane also double park, tailgate, cut you off, delay starting off on a green light as well as non driving situations such as, not putting the grocery cart in the proper place, leaving diapers where they changed the child etc...
The left lane is convenient for the these people. In the right lane, you have to be more attentive of large trucks and other people entering the freeway, and these people believe that being inconvenienced is beneath them.
If the speedlimit says 100km/h you should drive 100km/h either on the right lane or left lane. To tell people not to hold traffic is basically asking everyone to drive 140km/h + just to be in the left lane and then no one can merge into each other because everyone is driving too fast.
I'd follow the owner's manual with the Prius Prime. We will be changing the oil in our Volt every 2 years, in line with the computer. We also run full synthetic "0" weight in line with the owner's manual.
Anyone bother mentioning good reasons to hold your left lane position? ...no room to pass in traffic, maintaining safe distance, you're already well over the limit so moving over for someone doing ridiculous speeds is less safe, respecting those who are anticipating traffic for left lane exit, and etc.
Methinks CR doth protest too much. Where are there LLHs going below the speed limit? The problem is not the LLH but the bigger hog behind him, traveling at an excessive rate of speed. He resents as lesser vehicle moving from the right to pass but unwilling to floor it, forcing the Big Hog to slow down. He is not there to pass and move right but to race forward unrestricted, demanding others dangerously change lanes under pressure of tailgating and flashing high beams -- often with a scoff law medallion in his windshield.
That is exactly what I am talking about. The Auris (Corolla) wagon and the Civic are incredibly spacious , practical and fuel efficient. The Civic wagon is made in the same British factory that supplies all our hatchbacks so what's stopping them loading a few wagons on the ship as well?
Man, you guys really disappoint me sometimes. You should be pumping up electric cars, the vast majority of people would be surprised in a good way if they bought one. You clearly don't represent how most people drive every day. Many people have multiple vehicles, they could use an electric one for 90% of their trips, and have a long range vehicle for occasional road trips.
SO MANY people seem absolutely CLUELESS when it comes to etiquette of using the left/passing lane. they really need to emphasize this in class and during tests because way too many people don't seem to know. and like ryan said, a lot of time they're in their own little world on their phone. it's infuriating.
I liked the Regal when I test drove it. Both the sportback and the wagon. Still, liked small SUVs just as much. The only advantage the Regal has is the better gas mileage from its lower coefficient profile, and better handling in some cases.
People do not enjoy driving anymore, thus they end up seeking distractions. Electric cars and their recharge time intervals are a joke and personally I won't have one. Why anyone will spend the money they have to buying an all electric car is something I still don't understand. Look at the sell numbers, from what I have heard all electrics aren't selling. All electric for a 2nd car maybe, but I feel you truly have to have a fairly high income to afford this type of buying decisions. "Electric cars are less hard on the environment" I really don't know if this is a true statement. We are running towards a solution that I don't believe there is some real studies that show this to be true. But why are manufacturers committing to making electric cars? Because of Federal regulations around mpg. I am still not convinced that the system we have today can support electric vehicles and I still don't know that being environmentally friendly includes the making of these cars and then the eventual recycling of the battery and other components of these vehicles. And when I am asking if these cars are more environmentally friendly that should include the cost of making the increase electrical power that these cars need. If we suddenly had 250 million electric vehicles plugging into our electrical grid every night, what impact will that have on the grid, and do we have enough reserve power to all that to happen every night? Are their studies showing this is going to work???
I'd buy a EV car IF it had a gas operating system in which it keeps the main propulsion system operating for as long as needed. Otherwise it's still a city/urban dwelling car. I live in a area with longer distances between cites and not that many charging infrastructures along the way so..
I am a Prius prime owner that has 39000 miles on my car through my 18 months ownership. I would like to add some comment on that question of how often should you going for a service.
I think that user's question which he did not clear it out is that regular Prius hybrid have a schedule maintenance of every 5000 miles and why is that the plug in version have same schedule which doesn't make sense. I think from Toyota's point of view, they can not know how much you are plunging in wether you use one tank every 3000 miles, or just driving like a regular hybrid, so toyota's schedule is always on the very least possible drive habit so it doesn't damage their engine. But here is the but, I am drive for more than 18000 miles over last 9 months without oil change becasue that's my car, I trust myself on how much EV only I am drive and how much engine I am running. If Toyota is recommending oil change every 10000 miles (5000 is just service, but oil is 10000), I feel I can at least drive 20000 miles without oil change, of course you still have to change oil every 12 months as consumer report said. By the way, Toyota prime's engine do not come on when you on default mode even when you floor it, it is a pure EV when there is juice in the battery.
Making the why of left lane hoggers and what to do overly complicated. In Europe one of the traffic rules states, the exact place of the traffic participant is at the most right lane of the road (if it's got more lanes in the same direction like a highway). Second you shall always overtake another vehicle on the left side (couple of exceptions like at a crossroad or exit lane). Ignoring each of the two rules and possible danger is substantial is the tendency. Fines up to 360 euro. This is much easier to understand were left lane hogging comes from and why authorities have to deal with it.
Definitely need to enforce the general rule about left lanes being for passing only. For safety reasons alone. Angry drivers are unsafe drivers. I'm generally a slower driver. But I also hang out in the far right lane. And when I pass I actually pass and move back. As it should be. Or course longer drives I like to go the speed or 5 over to shorten my long tiring trip.
I think you guys are missing the boat on electric cars. I’m not green and I’m not an early adopter, but I am a new model 3 owner (1 week) and I am impressed. I love the idea of never stopping at a gas station or an oil change shop and never worrying about other maintenance issues. As fuel prices rise, it’s great to have a refueling cost at a small percentage of an ICE. And the instant torque is totally addictive. My range anxiety is ebbing quickly with all of the tesla super chargers out there. When oil returns to greater than $100 per barrel & someone creates an ev that can compete with a Honda Accord in cost, that market will explode.
People aren't expecting you to pass on the right? Around here the right lane is the only lane you can pass in because there is always some slow idiot driving 10 under the speed limit. It is illegal to block the left-hand lane, but it's not like the cops enforce it.
Electric cars are not better for the environment. Look at the manufacturing processes not only for the vehicle but the batteries themselves and the power plants that have to transmit the electricity to charge them. This is all orwellian rubbish
As soon as people start buying electric cars massively, watch what happens to the price of electricity. Since that will hit old and poor people the most, we will have wide-spread protests, and different price tiers will be introduced. In the end the owners of EVs will wonder how they got into this mess.
CR experts, flooding seems like the new norm in our area now which SUV will handle going through flooded street/high water the best in case of emergency I need to get the entire family evacuate? Thanks!
I think for most it would. But we are getting beyond that. Model 3 folks have been showing that they can get 300 miles or more. I want them to have more range for the simple fact, any battery doesn't do as well with constant charging. So, if they get up to 500 miles on a charge, and you can have a safe buffer to go farther and then charge when the battery is much lower, so as to make the battery last longer. I mean, not a lot of vehicles get 500 miles on a full tank of gas, unless they have a big gas tank. A diesel car can get that range, but diesel is far too complex to make clean running, thus costing a lot more to run. I think people start really adopting when the range gets to at least 400 miles, and less than 50K bucks, loaded. People do charge at night, at home, with a 240 volt outlet and charge cheaper because electricity rates go down at night from what I understand.
My ears perked up when you talked about the Lexus ES. My 1992 was bought brand-new and I drove it past 300,000 miles. The 1997 one I purchased was used with 105000 miles on it and it ran reliably up to 290000 miles until my sister crashed it. I would love another es but I cannot stand that big mouth bass front grill that has become prevalent on it and the Toyotas in the last 4 or 5 years and the upcoming model looks even worse. But their reputation stands on its own.
Would never buy an EV. It's amazing how many people say they will buy EVs untill it comes time to put cash where there mouth is. How many EVs are sold a year? That is the only stat I care about. Not this 20 percent that talk out of there ass about being I interested. Fake news
Plug ins “save the world”........where do they think that electricity comes from???? Power plants and nuclear plants, some even still coal....so the argument doesn’t make sense!!! Love Ryan on these episodes!!!
American drivers don’t care about lane etiquette. In UK, it’s illegal to cruise in the left lane, we have cameras that take pictures of cars at three different points to check. The US gives licenses out like they give out guns: you get one if you can breath.
"passing from the right is dangerous because people don't expect you to pass from the right"
That is a lie. I've been passed from the right on empty 3 lane highways where the left lane was wide open and the passing car had no need to be in the right lane. Anyone who has driven in America expects to be passed from the right.
Mike, you forget some ppl want to force others to slow down by blocking traffic on the left lane. Some other ppl have really poor driving ability and find it hard to change lanes from he left once they get there
I have the same question about my clarity phev. Contacted Honda about it and they said that the car will notify you when the oil viscosity indicates the need for the change. PS: we have about a similar use on gas engine with a tank full of gas.
My Chevy Volt has an oil condition sensor. You either wait for the oil condition sensor to tell you to change it or change it every 2 years, whichever comes first. I've owned it for 4.5 years and done two oil changes. Fantastic.
The people who hold up traffic by camping out in the left lane, seemingly oblivious of the vehicles behind them, are either lazy assholes, imbeciles, or both. Unfortunately, imbeciles and assholes can't be taught anything, which is why they'll never change, until law enforcement begins enforcing this law effectively.
I've been driving back and forth between Orlando and Jacksonville for the past year for school and even though there's a law about left-lane sitting, I've never seen a cop care. On multiple occasions, I've seen local cops or state troopers get on 95, swerve straight over to the left lane and park it. One time I watched a state trooper tailgate this car going the speed limit in the left lane, holding up traffic for about 10 miles -- the car had multiple opportunities to move over and didn't and all the trooper did was ride their bumper. They're more interested in collecting speeding fines than enforcing rules that actually make a difference.
I completely disagree with that "1 year time limit on oil" thing. I had my oil analyzed after 1 year (5,625 miles), and oil was in fantastic condition, with TBN of 6.7. I do not believe quality synthetic oil degrades so fast as to call for yearly oil change. There was even a guy who showed a fine UOA (Used Oil Analysis) results for his Miata (weekend car) using 3-year oil change interval on bobistheoilguy site. Of course, the standard disclaimer of "your mileage may vary" applies, so if you want to be sure, send 'em out for UOA.
We are on the 2 year oil change program with our Volt. Many Volt owners also follow this schedule, assuming low engine usage. I'm not sure where the 1 year idea came from, maybe synthetic blend over full synthetic? IDK.
As someone who has an EV as a second vehicle in the house, it is ideal for most trips. I think the ideal setup is a full EV and a Plug in hybrid EV as the other car. Like Bolt and Volt, LEAF and Honda Clarity PHEV, etc.
I’m more irritated with speeders not being patient enough to wait for the overtaking to happen. 🤔 who cares if you speed, but I’m going the speed limit and I’ll move over when it’s clear, not because you’re on my bumper.
No, Coal is not 100% efficient. But the U.S. grid is 30% Coal market share and dropping. No internal combustion engine can match the current grid in carbon output, Coal, natural gas, wind, hydro, nuclear, solar, geothermal etc. Let's be realistic about our current and future power generation.
Let's see some numbers please. Fact is my friend, all manufacturing has a carbon footprint. Our Malibu takes a 20% hit in efficiency and range up in the MN Winter. Fact is, cars don't like the cold. Our Chevy Volt takes a 25-30% hit in the winter yet still out performs the Malibu by a wide margin in efficiency. MN power grid is wind, nuclear and coal... primarily.
Batteries can be recycled and they currently have a lifetime of 10+ years and improving every year. The cost of carbon emissions in the long run is much higher than the one time cost of extraction for the batteries and the cost to recycle them. Don't forget oil has a lot of hidden costs and externalities that end up adding to the price at the pump.
Those are suspension cords. The mics are suspended, so there's as little physical hard contact on them, which would translate to sound aberrations from things like hands tapping on the side of the mic or things thumping on the table.
06:40 ... You'll NEVER remember to plug in? Come on guys, you must be sleeping at some time. Plug the car in at 1 am, get up at 6 am, all fixed (as long as your outlet is 240 V/14-50 and supports 40 Amps,). At work, you can usually charge, too.
Based on his daily gasoline use he probably fills up once every two days. I'm rather confused by his own example in an argument against plugging in. Wouldn't it be easier to plug in at home over frequent gas station visits?
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